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Old 08-09-2009, 02:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How is there not one already?

J Dilla was one of the most prominent hip hop producers ever. Dilla would MC time to time, but that's not what he's noted for. He's considered a pioneer of the neo soul sound, was quite notorious for his odd percussion use, and is rightly placed in the same context as producers including DJ Premier and Pete Rock.

Projects / groups he's been involved in:
Jaylib
Slum Village
the Soulquarians
the Pharcyde
A Tribe Called Quest

Dilla also had a lot of prolific solo work, and his final album before his death was Donuts, which he had finished in his hospital stays, and released on his birthday. He died 3 days later, and there are still Dilla projects being released.

Some of J Dilla's work:

J Dilla - Last Donut of the Night


Slum Village - Fall in Love

Verse 2 = Dilla

the Pharcyde - Runnin' (prod. by J Dilla)


Jaylib - The Official

(Dilla on the mic.)

Jaylib - The Red

(Madlib on the mic.)

If anyone wants any links, let me know.
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Old 08-09-2009, 02:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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he's got quite a fanbase on this site already. Donuts is a stellar album.
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He's a badass any way you look at it. Truly one of the best.
This isn't romanticization of a dead artist - he was really that good.
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As an Emcee Dilla isn't that good at all. As a producer he is one of the best and my personal favorite.
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you all know how i feel.
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As an Emcee Dilla isn't that good at all. As a producer he is one of the best and my personal favorite.
Agreed on that - I don't even really think of him as an MC.

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See: http://www.musicbanter.com/general-m...tml#post710269

It's a bit unfair to judge Dilla as an emcee, his production abilities more than make up for it.
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As an Emcee Dilla isn't that good at all. As a producer he is one of the best and my personal favorite.


Dilla is the first verse on this. Probably my favorite verse he ever did.
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dilla's first on this, it's my favorite verse.
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Old 08-09-2009, 06:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Huge producer, one of the best there was and ever will be. What he could do with samples to create beats was incredible. A perfectionist and you could tell, amazing producer. I've got endless ammounts of his material whether it's his work with Slum Village or unreleased beat tapes and snippets of his work.

I've got a playlist on my iPod of my favourite Dilla beats from the variety of artists he worked with. On shuffle it's a joy. If anyone wants to check out some of his best work (imo) then try some of the tracks, and I'm sure the die hards like myself can appreciate the list. It goes like this:

The Pharcyde - Runnin'
Q-Tip - Let's Ride
Slum Village - Untitled/Fantastic
Slum Village - Get Dis Money
The Roots - Dynamite
De La Soul - Stakes Is High
Common - Dooinit
J Dilla - Airworks
J Dilla - Won't Do
Slum Village - Fall In Love
Guru - Certified (feat. Bilal)
Busta Rhymes - So Hardcore
A Tribe Called Quest - 1nce Again
Q-Tip - Vivrant Thing
Erykah Badu - Didn't Cha Know
Erykah Badu - My Life
Jaylib - The Red
Common - So Far To Go
A Tribe Called Quest - Find A Way
Common - The Light
Bilal - Reminisce
Common - Love Is
Busta Rhymes - Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check (The Jay Dee Bounce Remix)

What are everyone's favourite beats (so many to choose from)? Could do with adding a few more tracks for a bit of variation, it was only roughly made one morning when I wanted some Dilla.
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